The Director-General for the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has broken her silence and has responded to Nigerians’ criticism of the photos she took in Paris, France, on Saturday.
Okonjo-Iweala had taken to her social media pages to share a photo of herself and other leaders in which Bola Tinubu’s face was not shown.
The picture was taken by the WTO director-general during the summit for “A New Global Financing Pact,” which was called by Emmanuel Macron, the President of France.
As the world quickens the pace of the energy revolution and recognises the importance of tackling the pressing concerns of poverty and climate change, the summit gave Tinubu the chance to express his advocacy for expanding the fiscal space, economic justice for Africa, and the necessity of doing so on a global scale.
The pictures shared by the former World Bank executive, however, had caused a great deal of debate among Nigerians.
In response to the uproar, Okonjo-Oweala advised Nigerians to calm down.
The ex-finance minister claimed in a tweet that the dispute has shown how divided Nigeria has become.
Addressing the backlash, the director-general wrote, “Nigerians, please relax!” She tweeted that pertaining to Paris, both teams have interesting attacks, which regrettably demonstrates the extent of division in our society.
She also noted that she had uploaded the pictures in the sequence they were sent to her by colleagues or accompanying staff, adding that it was unwise to read more into it.
Meanwhile, she implored everyone to unite the nation together, rather than wage war.